During warmer weather, tree trimming becomes routine across Pennsylvania in residential, business, government, and public spaces. However, many people do not consider the dangers of tree trimming. Tree trimmers are at high risk of getting hurt on the job. When an injury happens, they can apply for workers’ compensation benefits.
Tree trimming requires workers to operate plenty of sharp tools and equipment, often at heights above ground level and in hot temperatures. As a result, tree trimmers can end up experiencing several types of workplace injuries, such as:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones
- Crushed limbs
- Strains and sprains
- Back problems
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Insect, pest, and animal stings and bites
- Irritation and allergic reactions due to plants like poison oak and poison ivy
- Eye injuries
- Heat exhaustion and stroke
These injuries can lead to days lost from work and substantial medical bills. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is set up to cover a portion of lost wages due to an on-the-job injury and out-of-pocket medical costs.
Avoiding Tree-Trimming Accidents
While it is impossible to foresee or prevent all tree-trimming accidents and incidents that can lead to injury, workers can take precautions to avoid many injuries. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) can be helpful, as can using tools and equipment according to safety protocols. Tree trimmers should also be well-trained before engaging in any work and be taught how to employ each piece of equipment.
Tree trimmers should exercise extra caution when working around potential electrocution risks, such as wires. The same holds when they are working at heights. Whenever possible, workers should use some type of tethering to reduce their chances of falling. When cutting down limbs, they should follow correct procedures to lessen the likelihood of being struck by a falling or flying object.
During scorching weather, tree trimmers should stay well-hydrated. Dehydration can set in quickly and lead to severe complications that may be life-threatening. Those allergic to certain plant poisons or insects may want to carry medicines in case of a reaction.
How to Handle Injuries From Tree Trimming?
Even tree trimmers who practice safe execution of their roles and responsibilities may get injured. Medical professionals should see, diagnose, and treat the injury as soon as possible. The incident should be reported to a supervisor and HR representative. Tree-trimming operations are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees, including those who are part-time or seasonal.
If a claim is denied, the worker can contact a lawyer. Having help from a legal professional can make the process less stressful and may compel the employer or insurance carrier to act more quickly on behalf of the hurt employee.
West Chester Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Wusinich, Sweeney & Ryan, LLC Help Injured Tree Trimmer Workers
Were you injured while tree trimming? Contact our West Chester workers’ compensation lawyers at Wusinich, Sweeney & Ryan, LLC today. Call us at 610-594-1600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are located in Exton, Pennsylvania, and we proudly assist clients in Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Phoenixville, Malvern, Lyndell, Wagontown, Uwchlan Township, Parkesburg, Chester Springs, Lancaster County, Reading, and Morgantown.